An attractive, affordable, safe and comfortable electric car with a reasonable driving range: that was the goal of the German Visio.M consortium, which presented their all-electric prototype to the public in Munich this week.
In the Visionary Mobility project, researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) and experts from the industry have been exploring what an all-round, sporty, low-price and safe electric car might look like.
After two and a half years – and with a €7.1 million grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research – the collaborators have turned their vision into a compact car that sets new standards for efficiency and safety.
This week, they unveiled the all-electric Visio.M at the world’s largest electromobility fair, eCarTec, where the prototype attracted strong interest and compliments from visitors.
“Affordable and fun to drive”
According to a TUM press release, the car boasts a “sporty and self-confident” design. It has a driving range of around 160 kilometers and space for two people and luggage. With only 15 kilowatts of engine power, it can achieve a top speed of 120 km/h.
The electric motor draws its energy form a 13.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, which weighs almost 85 kilograms and can be charged from a 230 volt socket in three to four hours. Weighing in at 450 kilograms without the battery, the Visio.M is a light little lady, made from state-of-the-art carbon fibre materials.
“Light weight is essential for an electric vehicle, because more weight requires more battery performance for the same range and thus generates higher costs,” says TUM’s Markus Lienkamp in the press release. “More weight also means poorer driving dynamics at the same performance. But we want a car that is affordable and fun to drive.”
“Still a long way to serial production”
The prototype has passed tests for functionality, safety and reliability, and Lienkamp is optimistic about the potential market interest: “With the Visio.M we have demonstrated that it is possible to build a very light and at the same time safe car with overall costs that we expect to be lower than those of comparable combustion-engine cars.
“But it is still a long way to serial production because almost all components must be adapted to the manufacturing conditions of large series.”
Adapted from article by Andreas Battenberg, TUM Research News. Read more about Visio.M at the TUM website